crossword clue. There’s ‘Bury A Friend’, a fear-fuelled tale told from the perspective of the monsters under Billie’s bed, and ‘Xanny’, a response to America’s teenage opioid crisis, on which she admitted that she was the only one at the party “, ‘When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?’, Read More: Billie Eilish – Album Of The Year: Exclusive Interview. Music reviews, ratings, news and more. El Hunt. The singles that heralded its arrival were spectacular – the crawling menace of You Should See Me in a Crown; Bury a Friend’s warped, unsettling glam stomp; Bad Guy’s cocktail of sharp lyrics and 60s spy thriller theme pastiche – but they aren’t significantly better than the rest of the album. But its status in the band’s catalogue is beyond reproach. Opening track ‘A Lot’s Gonna Change’ best tethered those ideas together: “Go back to a time when I was just a girl,” she crooned, “When I had the whole world”. ‘Bad Guy’ was as funny as it was catchy and the siblings concocted an in-jokey spirit on the likes of ‘My Strange Addiction’ and ‘!!!!!’. LS Read the full review. RD, In a nutshell: Techno’s next superstar has arrived (see Number 18). Key track: ‘Lesley’, a twisting, turning, 11-minute opus that sees Dave encounter a pregnant woman trapped in an abusive relationship. Nevertheless, human decency still feels close at hand – not least from the man singing. He thrust himself into low-fi R&B territory, notably including a surprise cover of ‘No Scrubs’ and gentle crooning on ‘Grimy Wifu’. HM, In a nutshell: Oxford art-rockers find a new wave groove. All of a sudden, songs about beer and broads seem a little lacking. Get involved and join the conversation with #bnqtAOTY19. Yes, Tyler was as loud and creative as he had been before, figuring stuff out in his own multi-talented, multi-faceted way – with loads of interesting collaborators, including. Producers Danger Mouse and Inflo make his retro soul sharp enough to strike a match on, giving it an edge to match Brittany Howard’s equally expansive Jaime (see No 32 below). A contender for the best album of the band’s career, it was followed by sequel sister record ‘Part 2’, which proved to be a rock beast, marking 2019 as a real purple patch for Foals – one of Britain’s most essential bands. Collabs with, Curry’s triumphant second studio album reminded us of the greatness within his home state of Florida – especially on the booming ‘CAROLMART’. With this well-crafted homage, the 24-year-old edged himself closer to his idols. Riotous anthem ‘Spin Girl, Let’s Activate’ was a battle cry for dancefloor dwellers, while ‘Power to the People’ – which sampled chanting activists and audio from a ’80s ACT UP rally – was a glorious protest song. Here was a rapper unafraid of tackling the hard stuff, of speaking out against the status quo, of being vulnerable in a musical space that doesn’t always allow for emotional candour. When drummer Janet Weiss quit Sleater-Kinney prior to the release of their ninth studio album, it cast an unfair pallor on a record mired in suspicion, every new dazzling synth or poppy refrain regarded as the possible straw that broke the camel’s back. Southern Sky, Bad Man, SugarHouse and plenty more make this a future cult classic. Their ranting live shows gathered hype like a crowd round a bullhorn, and this debut album delivers – and then some. With a wicked sense of humour, she picked out her own flaws, as well as those of the men in her life (“Why wait for the best when I could have you?” she also purrs on that title track). And it came from an artist all too familiar with being in the public eye in the shadow of a famous man. For additional information about bands formed, reformed, disbanded, or on hiatus, for deaths of musicians, and for links to musical awards, see 2019 in music . The Brooklyn band’s second album of the year is earthier than UFOF, the glowing collection that arrived in spring. BBT Read the full review. For posterity: “Goddamn, man-child / You fucked me so good that I almost said ‘I love you.” Oof. After a six-year hiatus – and now Ezra Koenig’s own ship to steer – New York ensemble Vampire Weekend pulled out all the stops on their fourth LP, an extensive and world-spanning double album that swings from classic romantic country through to chaotic warped electro-rock. Best bit: When, on the title track, he sends up those Dizzee Rascal comparisons: “I’m just a boy in the corner.” Natty Kasambala, NME said: “Guiding you on a whistlestop tour of his life, community and resultant beliefs, the record serves not only as a statement of identity, but also an indication of the sprawling possible paths for his career to grow into.”, In a nutshell: A lush tapestry of swoonsome sounds and killer wit from America’s most underrated songwriter. Georgia Evans, NME said: “Lana Del Rey is large – she contains multitudes, and the way she balances and embodies them on her fifth album is nothing short of stunning.”. And he had a new album called, ‘IGOR’ was different from his previous albums. Best moment: The breezy cha-cha-cha of ‘Hear Me Calling’, an idiosyncratic track that speaks to Juice WLRD’s eclecticism. As with Sleater-Kinney’s album, there was so much noise around Lover that it was hard to parse the record itself on release. Pushing her sonic boundaries, she crafted one of the year’s stand-out albums from a British rapper. As with Bowie’s Blackstar and Leonard Cohen’s You Want It Darker, David Berman’s long-awaited return to music will forever be overshadowed by his death, as he died by suicide less than a month after its release. ‘Boys In The Better Land’ and ‘Too Real’ were chaotic punk anthems, no doubt, but it was on the twisting melancholia of ‘Television Screens’ and unashamedly old-school closer ‘Dublin City Sky’ that they really showed their colours. With razor-sharp commentary that touched on everything from romance to success, exposed empty nationalism and even got nostalgic about the 99p Flake, ‘Nothing Great About Britain’ showcased the breadth of Slowthai’s focus and his ability to interweave humour and personality with the bleak and sometimes tragic. For the old punks who had finally found a band to believe in again after decades of disenfranchisement to the teenagers coming face-to-face with their first real heroes, Fontaines’ emergence felt like a real moment. WR, In a nutshell: Rock’s shadow man lays his heart on the line. From Cardi B’s debut album Invasion of Privacy to Kacey Musgraves’ Golden Hour, the 2019 Grammy Award album of the year nominees include something for everyone’s taste. A subtly defiant assertion that Del Rey is here for the long haul, no matter what. “They’re waiting and hoping I’m not enough,” she sings on Cellophane in the album’s final moments, contemplating the fallout from the end of her relationship. BBT Read the full review. ‘Morbid Stuff’ was joyous and positive – a handbook to help you get by. See which albums are sitting at the top of this year's charts. This was an album soaked in compassion. LS Read the full review. By playing the jester, he became the voice of a British generation at the turn of a turbulent decade. As slow and stately as a tanker turning, and as waterlogged as its title implies, Titanic Rising was a curio in 2019. BBT Read the full review. On ‘Map Of The Soul: Persona’, they used the psychological theories of Carl Jung to explore ideas of identity (the riff-fuelled rap-rock of ‘Intro: Persona’) and delved into Greek mythology with the swaggering ‘Dionysus’. Best bit: The epic choral crescendo on ‘Something To Believe’. Lines such as “one shot turn Steve Bannon into Steve Hawking” (from ‘PRONE!’) affirmed Peggy’s notoriously brazen wit. It’s safe to say that ‘…Britain’ has cemented Slowthai as something of a zeitgeist figure for the politicised youth, and laid a solid platform for him to continue to push the boundaries of his art even further. As with ‘Offence’, the wilfully primitive basslines on ‘Boss’ or ‘Therapy’ put her strong, independent tone front-and-centre. 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